AKT II are the Concept Engineers on this 50m tall inhabited sculpture, and I was involved in computational design development for the project.
I worked with the team at Heatherwick to generate a single master parametric model, that incorporated all of the critical geometric, structural and fabrication constraints.
This model defined all major geometric elements (the primary structural interlayer, external and internal staircases, diaphragm plates, internal plate stiffeners, etc), and incorporated structural models and analysis processes, which were used by the engineering teams within AKT.
Images of the construction process (by myself, and others):
Project Status: Built in 2019
Project Role: Computational Designer at AKT II
· I co-authored a paper on this project – “Hudson Yards Vessel, New York” – which was published in Fabricate 2020: Making Resilient Architecture (2020 – UCL Press).
· Read the paper online (for free) at the UCL publication website here.